Schools often have a limited range of space types which include: standardized classrooms, specialized classrooms, and large multifunctional spaces (e.g. the gym/cafetorium). When teaching styles were exclusively a lecture format, this worked well. However, pedagogy has evolved to inclusively accommodate multiple learning modalities.
In order to effectively do this, it’s necessary to have a diverse range of environments that help support those modalities. This spatial agility can be achieved via three synergistic methods: adaptability (able to change throughout time), flexibility (able to change at any time), and variety (built-in diversity).
Related Patterns Learning Studio, Indoor-Outdoor Connections
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- How the Agile Classroom Impacts Student Engagement
This article describes the impacts and benefits of agile learning spaces.
- Is the Transition to Flexible Spaces That Challenging?
Check out this excellent Getting Smart article on agile spaces.